Join us for our Salon Series, where Letterform Archive staff invites you to experience materials related to a specific topic of interest to the collection.
This month, we share work by Dutch designer Piet Zwart (1885–1977). While trained as an architect, Zwart is best known as a pioneer of 20th-century experimental typography and photomontage. He preferred to call himself a “form engineer” because he was such a strong believer in functionality, standardization, and machine production. Letterform Archive’s collection of Piet Zwart began thirty years ago and now contains over 120 pieces of rare ephemera.
Rob Saunders, Letterform Archive’s Curator and Publisher, is a designer, teacher, publisher, and management consultant, who has collected graphic design and letterforms for over 40 years. Rob began his career teaching at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University, while serving freelance clients and agencies, before founding a book publishing enterprise that included Alphabet Press (graphic design), Picture Book Studio (children’s books), and Rabbit Ears Books (book/audio packages), which was eventually acquired by Simon & Schuster. Prior to founding Letterform Archive he served as a creative and marketing consultant with clients in the hospitality, technology, and financial industries.